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January 2017 Archives

Legal issues surrounding sanctuary cities likely to increase under President Trump, P.2

Previously, we began looking at a lawsuit recently filed out in California by an undocumented immigrant who was turned over to federal immigration authorities by local law enforcement. The contention is that police violated San Francisco's sanctuary city law. It remains to be seen how that case will be resolved, but it is likely that such cases will become increasingly commonplace in the coming months and years, not only in California but in Texas and other states as well.

Legal issues surrounding sanctuary cities likely to increase under President Trump, P.1

Earlier this week, news came out of California that an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador had filed a lawsuit against the city and county of San Francisco, as well as several law enforcement officers, for arresting him in 2015 and turning him over to federal immigration authorities after turned up at a local police station to retrieve his stolen vehicle. Police reportedly contacted federal immigration authorities after running a background check and finding that the man has a 10-year old outstanding warrant for deportation. He had also apparently been convicted of drunken driving in 2012.

A closer look at the most common path to naturalization as a U.S. citizen

For permanent residents, the dream -- and the goal -- is to one day secure U.S. citizenship so that they may finally be afforded all of the tremendous opportunities that accompany this change in status, including enhanced employment opportunities, protection from deportation, the chance to run for public office and, perhaps most significantly, the right to vote.

Austin network prepares for immigration crackdown, faces potential legal obstacles, P.2

In our last post, we began discussing some of the preparations being made by a local coalition in Austin in anticipation of an immigration crackdown under President Trump. As we noted, the group is training volunteers to obstruct the work of ICE in any forthcoming crackdown in enforcement of immigration laws.

Austin network prepares for immigration crackdown, faces potential legal obstacles, P.1

There is no doubt that the present moment is a precarious one for undocumented immigrants awaiting Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. Many are fearful about how Trump will address the issue of illegal immigration.

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